10 sets of twins in Kentucky high school graduating class
DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Nobody was more surprised that the Boyle County High School graduating class of 2019 had 10 sets of twins than some of the twins themselves.
“I really never imagined that we would have 10 sets of twins in our graduating class,” said Benjamin Johnson. “The most I’ve ever heard of is 10 sets of twins in an entire school alone.”
“It’s surreal,” said his twin Samuel Johnson.
Susan Michael, the senior class coordinator on staff at Boyle County High, said she discovered that almost 10 percent of the class were twins only when she started ordering caps and gowns for graduation.
“I enjoy the camaraderie between them and the competitiveness between them,” Michael said. She joked with the students that around the year of their birth someone was “giving out fertility pills.”
But the students say they aren’t aware of any specific factors that resulted in so many twins in the class of 2019.
The Johnsons transferred from Woodford County in the eighth grade.
Sarah Snyder and Nathaniel Snyder moved from Corbin to Boyle County their junior year.
“We’re the new kids,” said Nathaniel Snyder. “It’s been pretty crazy to find out how similar (we are) compared to other twins in the school, the way everyone connects with their twin.”
Sarah Snyder said she’s close to their non-twin sibling, a sister, but because she and Nathan share experiences such as graduation at the same time, “it’s a different bond.”
Some of the sets of twins have become friends.
Michaela and Blake Carpenter have known Zach and Brandon Casey since kindergarten.
Joshua Marin-Bernal and Jacob Marin-Bernal found that they share the same attitudes and the same birthday — September 13, 2001 — with the Johnson brothers.
The Marin-Bernals are identical twins who said their similar appearance causes teachers to ask “which one are you” and even confuses their parents, who they say sometimes resort to calling out both of their names.
The Caseys, on the other hand, say they don’t look enough alike for people to automatically recognize them as twins. Micah and Caleb Enlow said they maintain such individuality that many people don’t even know that each of them has a brother. Twin Jordan Jones said he knew his classmates Kiara and Kyra Thornton were sisters “but I didn’t know they were twins until I found out just this last week.”
Before attending Boyle County High School, Jack and Seth Stromberger used to think that because they were twins, “there was no one like us” at school.
They don’t think that anymore.
Since elementary school, the class of 2019 has “slowly been collecting more and more twins,” Bryan Stocker said.
“Instead of being looked at as the Stocker twins, we are being looked at as the collective of twins,” said Keith Stocker.
Keith Stocker, an identical twin, said he purposely dyed his blonde hair a dark color to “give myself my own identity away from my brother.”
“In third grade, we started going our own way,” said Bryan. “In band, he went percussion, I went brass. Sportswise, I started playing t-ball and baseball, he went for basketball.”
Some of the twins haven’t made a college choice, but a few have decided on the University of the Cumberlands, Eastern Kentucky University or Bluegrass Community & Technical College.
Their interests range from law and medicine to farming and business.
Tina Jones said her twin sons, Jeremy and Jordan Jones, will face a significant separation for the first time when they go off to separate colleges. But she’s not worried about them.
“They love each other and they’ve got each others backs,” said Jones.
Jeremy Jones said he noticed that the sets of twins also stuck up for each other at school.
“I think this class overall ...they seem a little tighter in some ways,” said Michael, the senior class coordinator. “I’ve been speculating that maybe it’s because of having all these twin sets that just pull it all together. They’re good people. All of them.”